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The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson

"Lynn Hershman is regarded as the most influential female artist of new media."--Rudolph Freiling, Curator, Media Art, ZKM Mediammuseum
"Lynn Hershman Leeson's universe is the super-radical and unstoppably empowered kindergarten of all our wildest dreams: where no limit exists to our optimism and our curiosity, where even our intellects can bask in glee and play. Working alongside her is one of the true delights of my life. She makes my cells rejoice. I love her with a will."--Tilda Swinton
"Lynn Hershman applies her wise intelligence, inspired humor, and good emotional sense to life in our cyber-environment. Her recent film Teknolust is a humanist's guide to real technological opportunities that we nevertheless barely imagine-it's just one channel of the fantastic course tracked by "The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson."--Richard Shiff, Director, Center for the Study of Modernism, The University of Texas at Austin
"As the first sustained critical exploration of Lynn Hershman's artistic practice, this anthology offers a rich context for understanding the artist's pioneering works. The world that Hershman has created through her art is populated by doubles and clones, tele-robots, and artificial intelligences living on the Internet-all of them engaged in the possibilities of constructing identity. The interwoven narratives forming the matrix of Hershman's work are unraveled here in lucid and engaging essays that provide an in-depth reading of her projects and trace their influence in the fields of visual arts and pop culture."--Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art
"Lynn Hershman is simply one of the most brilliant andoriginal artist-filmmakers in the world today."--Eleanor Coppola, Artist/Filmmaker
"You've been my best model of courageous living."--Sheldon Renan, Founder, Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley
"With brilliant, imaginative fluidity, Lynn Hershman moves between many worlds and mediums--between fact and fiction, between past, present and future times, and between live performance, writing, video, film and cyberspace."--Moira Roth, Trefethen Professor of Art History, Mills College
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Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction Private I: An Investigator's Timeline Roberta Breitmore Lives On Composing with Images: Lynn Hershman's Photography Conscientious Objectification: Lynn Hershman's Paranoid Mirror Media Phantasmagoria Lynn Hershman: The Subject of Autobiography My Other, My Self: Lynn Hershman and the Reinvention of the Golem A Cinema of Intelligent Agents: Lynn Hershman's Conceiving Ada and Teknolust Romancing the Anti-body: Lust and Longing in (Cyber)space Animating the Network Double Talk: The Counterstory of Lynn Hershman Acknowledgments Contributors Illustrations Index

About the Author

Lynn Hershman Leeson is Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Davis, A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University, and editor of Clicking In: Hot Links to a Digital Culture (1996). Meredith Tromble is visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute and editor in chief of Art Contemporaries. Robin Held, currently Chief Curator at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, is the curator of Hershmanlandia: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson, a retrospective of Lynn Hershman Leeson's work.

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